In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Wistbrook surname lived in one of the places called Westbrook in Kent
, Berkshire, or on the Isle of Wight. The surname Wistbrook belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wistbrook family
The surname Wistbrook was first found in Kent
where one of the first records of the name was Reginald de Westbroc who in 1255 was listed in that county's Feet of Fines. A few years later, John de Westbroke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of 1327. Over one hundred
years later, Edmind Westbrook was listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex
in 1440. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another reference lists Richards de Westbrek in Surrey
during the reign of Edward I CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
. They were Lords of the manor of Elsted for many years.
Early History of the Wistbrook family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wistbrook research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1616, 1666, 1659, 1660, 1675 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Wistbrook History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wistbrook Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Wistbrook are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wistbrook include: Westbrooke, Westbrook, Westbrock, Westbrocke and others.
Early Notables of the Wistbrook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wistbrook family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wistbrook or a variant listed above: John Westbrook who settled in West New Jersey in 1664; William Westbrook landed in America in 1772; William T. Westbrook settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1859.